At Home With Literati: Rachel Cantor & Elizabeth Silver

Thursday, August 10, 2023 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Rachel Cantor & Elizabeth Silver to our At Home with Literati Series in support of their recent titles, Half-Life of a Stolen Sister & The Majority.

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About Half-Life of a Stolen SisterReimagines the lives of the Brontë siblings--Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and brother Branwell--from their precocious childhoods, to the writing of their great novels, to their early deaths.

 A form-shattering novel by an author praised as "laugh-out-loud hilarious and thought-provokingly philosophical" (Boston Globe).

How did sisters Emily, Charlotte, and Anne write literary landmarks Jane EyreWuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey? What in their lives and circumstances, in the choices they made, and in their close but complex relationships with one another made such greatness possible? In her new novel, Rachel Cantor melds biographical fact with unruly invention to illuminate the siblings' genius, their bonds of love and duty, periods of furious creativity, and the ongoing tolls of illness, isolation, and loss.

As it tells the story of the Brontës, Half-Life of a Stolen Sister itself perpetually transforms and renews its own style and methods, sometimes hewing close to the facts of the Brontë lives as we know them (or think we know them), and at others radically reimagining the siblings, moving them into new time periods and possibilities.

Chapter by chapter, the novel brings together diaries, letters, home movies, television and radio interviews, deathbed monologues, and fragments from the sprawling invented worlds of the siblings' childhood. As it does so, a kaleidoscopic portrait emerges, giving us with startling intensity and invention new ways of seeing--and reading--the sisters who would create some of the supreme works of literature of all time.

RACHEL CANTOR is the author of the novels A Highly Unlikely Scenario and Good on Paper. Her short stories have appeared in The Paris ReviewOne StoryNinth Letter, and The Kenyon Review, among other publications. Cantor lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About The Majority: Inspired by history, a riveting novel of love and friendship, motherhood and ambition, and one woman’s fight to be a Supreme Court justice.

Half of the United States is waiting for Justice Sylvia Olin Bernstein to die. The other half is praying for her to hold on. At 83, “the contemptuous S.O.B.” doesn’t have much time left. What she has is a story, one she has wrested from the grip of history to tell herself—of how she rose to her historic position on the Supreme Court, and the barriers she broke along the way.

Told over fifty years, from losing her mother at a young age, to falling in love, to navigating an unplanned pregnancy and motherhood, to learning how to spar with a sexist mentor, Sylvia’s personal story reveals the intimate truth about who she was as she ascended to her modern throne: not just a brilliant mind, but a daughter, a best friend, a wife, mother, and advocate. While caught in a dramatic tug of war between career and family, truth and convenience, progress and patience, she will be given a chance to change the course of American history – and give voice, at last, to the majority.  

Set against the vibrant sweep of the 20th century, THE MAJORITY brings us into the sacrifices, heartaches, and complex emotional life of a powerful woman ahead of her time, whose life and work turn out to have supreme stakes.

ELIZABETH L. SILVER is the author of the forthcoming novel The Majority, and The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, which was an Amazon Best Book of the Year and published in seven languages. Silver has also worked as an attorney in California and Texas, where she was a judicial clerk for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and currently teaches creative writing with UCLA. She has written for Harper's Bazaar, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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Half-Life of a Stolen Sister By Rachel Cantor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641294645
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Published: Soho Press - July 11th, 2023

The Majority: A Novel By Elizabeth L. Silver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593331088
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 11th, 2023